About me

I’m Emily, an apprentice journalist, a nearly-done PhD student, a writer and an occasional picture-maker. My thing is the long nineteenth century and Neo-Victorianism in literature, art, and the archives, whether it’s ‘asylums’ or activism, science or the supernatural – and particularly when these intersect with folklore or cabaret or horror. Here are some of my […]

Willkommen, Bienvenue, Welcome

[Image: Nameless and Friendless, 1857, Emily Mary Osborn] Hello, friends, Romans, and lovers of the creative, historical, queer, and macabre! Thank you for taking the time to visit my attempted cabinet of curiosities. For anyone who may have stumbled across this blog and might be wondering who I am, my name is Emily, I’m a writer […]

Desperate Romantics: Will the Real Fanny Cornforth Please Stand Up?

[This story was published on November 4 on the BAVS Neo-Victorian blog. Read the original story at victorianist.wordpress.com/2016/11/04/neo-victorian-review-desperate-romantics-will-the-real-fanny-cornforth-please-stand-up.] “An artist is nothing without a model, a muse” – Desperate Romantics Earlier this week, I talked about the mystery of Fanny Cornforth, muse and model for Dante Gabriel Rossetti, which was solved in 2015 by her biographer […]

Whatever Happened to Fanny Cornforth?

[This story was published on November 2 on the BAVS Neo-Victorian blog. Read the original story at victorianist.wordpress.com/2016/11/02/whatever-happened-to-fanny-cornforth.] [Image: Bocca Baciata, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1859. Image labelled for reuse] Even if you don’t know her name, you’ll certainly know her face. The beauty behind iconic Pre-Raphaelite paintings Bocca Baciata, The Blue Bower, Found, Fair Rosamund, images reproduced […]